How to manufacture printed electronics

PEUSA 2012 logoNext week’s Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition in Santa Clara, CA, will feature “Manufacturing Street” — the show’s first live, multi-technology, printed electronics demonstration. Manufacturing Street brings together supply-chain organizations that will demonstrate a number of printing and process steps in interactive sessions throughout the event, printing functional inks.

Highlights of Manufacturing Street include:

  • Cal Poly demonstrating screen printing setup, registration, passes and finishing
  • Inkjet-printing demonstrations provided by Fujifilm Dimatix
  • Gravure- and flexo-proofing demonstrated by Cal Poly and Harper Corp.
  • Post-print photonic curing demonstrated by Novacentrix
  • Functional printed batteries shown by Blue Spark Technologies
  • Inkjet printing with inline curing by Ceradrop, working with ArjoWiggins and Adphos
  • Presentations from experts covering the hands-on realities of printing electronics.

As the equipment is being set up, used and all the process steps made, experts will talk you through everything that’s happening, covering what you need to know about printing electronics. It’s an ideal opportunity to ask experts your questions regarding the practical aspects of printing and sintering functional inks.

Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Dept. is a leader in print and graphics education in the US. Beginning in Fall 2013, Cal Poly will offer online graduate courses in printed electronics and functional imaging. Focusing on printed electronics, active packaging and security printing, this program will provide working professionals an opportunity to participate in meaningful, instructor-led education, preparing them for advanced fields in printing. Courses will focus on printing technologies, manufacturing models, product development and scaling from “lab to fab.”

NovaCentrix’s PulseForge® photonic-curing tools sinter functional inks in milliseconds on low-temperature, flexible substrates such as paper and plastic. The system processes a wide array of metal-based conductive inks, as well as non-metallic and semiconductor inks. NovaCentrix also offers high-performance, economical Metalon® conductive inks which work optimally with PulseForge tools.

FUJIFILM Dimatix is a leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for industrial applications. Its innovative inkjet technology and world-class fabrication techniques enable OEMs, system integrators and manufacturers to build cutting-edge systems and manufacturing processes for high-performance, precision printing of traditional inks and deposition of functional fluids on all types of surfaces, including flexible substrates.

Blue Spark Technologies has developed flexible, printed, “green,” proprietary power source solutions for battery-powered printed-electronic systems. Applications include interactive packaging, RFID tags/labels, and pharmaceutical, powered smart cards and novelty items.

Ceradrop offers inkjet-printing equipment that adapts to electronic materials as well as to complex components design to be printed for organic photovoltaic (OPV), OLED lightning, smart cards, antennae and intelligent systems.

Printed Electronics USA, organized by IDTechEx, will feature more than 115 exhibiting companies. Be sure to stop by and visit AIMCAL and Converting Quarterly in Booth N-10. We’ll have copies of our 2012 Quarter 4 issue with the premiere edition of our exclusive Buyers Guide.

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